With Forensics: Wildlife Crime Scene!,
your students investigate an actual crime, learn the science behind animal-species identification, and find out about efforts to fight real-world threats against wild animals.
The book is designed to be engaging for both you and your student-detectives. It’s also easy to use. The material is divided into four clear sections:
1. Background about crimes that threaten wild animal species around the world.
2. Eight forensic training lessons about antlers and horns, blood typing, DNA fingerprinting, fingerprints, hair identification, pH and pH indicators, mammal skulls, and tracks and trace fossils.
3. An investigation simulation based on a real wildlife crime: the illegal shooting and dismemberment of a bear. Students work in teams to review crime scene reports, conduct interviews of suspects and witnesses, analyze evidence, and bring charges before a “prosecuting attorney.”
4. Teacher strategies for evaluating individual students and student teams.
Using Forensics: Wildlife Crime Scene!
is an ideal complement to middle and high school courses in biology, environmental science, general science, and criminology. It provides a high-interest, real-life format for learning a variety of scientific concepts and skills that correlate with the Standards
. It also gives students reason to genuinely care about preserving the wildlife and ecosystems they’re studying.
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